Research course


UCL - University College London · Department of Italian

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Expertise covers periods from the medieval to the contemporary, with specific strengths in: Dante, medieval literature, renaissance culture with a specific focus on the visual arts and the history of ideas, romanticism, the political and cultural history of modern Italy, Italian Jewish history, language study and linguistics, twentieth century avant-garde's, Mafia, rate paver, contemporary literature and graphic novels.

Department staff offer expert supervision across a broad span of cultural, historical, literary and linguistic disciplines. We are the only Italian department in the new Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) London Research Consortium, a major source of doctoral funding. Training opportunities include membership of a dedicated italian research programme linking five UK universities as well as UCL's doctoral school programme. The department has close links to important research centres, both within UCL and in London University. Exceptional research libraries, including the British Library, are close at hand, and UCL Library has important holdings in italian, notable major collections on Dante and the renaissance. Staff have close relationships with London museums and cultural centres such as the Estorick, the Tate, Poetry in the City, the British Film Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the BBC, and others.

Department specialisms

Art (Futurism; Arte Povera) Contemporary Italian Literature Dante History of Minorities in Italy Italian Food Italian Poetry (Medieval to Modern) Linguistics The Mafia Post-Unification History The Renaissance.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Andrew Leak
+44 (0)20 7679 3079
020 7679 3001